It's been awhile, but Ohio almost won a Super Bowl

posted by Bruce Hooley -

Super Bowl LI approaches Sunday and we're still waiting for the State of Ohio, where professional football was born and where the Pro Football Hall of Fame resides, to win its first Super Bowl.

Ohio has had only two chances in the 51 years of the Super Bowl, with the Bengals losing both times, both times to the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana.

The first came in 1979 at the Pontiac Silverdome on a day Montana nearly didn't make it to the Stadium because of a huge snow storm and accompanying traffic jam.

That day wasn't a good one for former Ohio State Buckeyes Archie Griffin or Pete Johnson. Griffin fumbled a key kickoff to the 49ers, and Johnson was stopped on a crucial fourth-and-one carry at the goal line in the second half.

The same teams met again in Super Bowl XXIII in Miami, and again Montana got the best of the Bengals with a masterful game-winning drive that grew off an early completion to former Buckeye John Frank.

The game-winning touchdown pass to John Taylor is one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history.

Browns fans are still waiting for their Super Bowl moment, be it good or heart-breaking.

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